After years of watching builds, keeping track of what parts are mentioned, how things are done, and talking to those who have experience laying these things out, I have started my own thread so I can keep all my questions in one spot, as well as keep track of the progress for people to look on. I will admit that I am not ready to start cutting yet, this is currently my daily driver and will become a project when I get another vehicle in about a year. I have some airline, fittings, and some other small parts already. But parts are not the issue, those can be bought. It’s the process and how to that I am still stuck on. I will start with my questions and concerns, please feel free to add advice.
I will be doing the front and possibly the front tubs myself with a buddy, and am thinking about having a local fab shop do the rear link setup and the bed work later on. I used to work for the local fab shop, and I know his work is good. He has a few nice rides floating around town, and has had a few magazine cover and SEMA vehicles.
I am running stock xtremes on 235/40/18. Eventually I want to upgrade to stock TBSS 20"s. With that in mind, I would like to run MMW arms. There are two options I have. With running a smaller wheel, I could run just their upper arms that are 3/8" longer for bagged trucks, OR run their 355 Budget Upper/Lower Arm set which is designed for larger wheels (22"+). Going the upper arm route would obviously be cheaper, but would it be a better idea to just run the full arm kit, or just the uppers with stock lowers? I already have a KR Fabs lopro crossmember.
I know that there was a company a few years ago that made a bolt on rear link kit for the 355s, but are no longer in business. I have seen people use parts of a universal link kit, and people modify a S10 bolt on kit. I would like to keep my gas tank in the factory position, and that would mean running the KR Fabs No-Pro fuel tank crossmember. With that being said, I would like to run an offset wishbone link setup. This truck will not be towing anything, will not have a lot of power, and will not be hauling a lot of weight. It will be a nice cruiser and occasional attendance at local shows, not a magazine cover or SEMA truck. I want a functional bed because I will be using it as a bed from time to time, but nothing serious.
I have an idea what it is going to cost overall, it is not going to be a weekend job. I have no problem spending extra money and time so that it gets done right. I am wondering what would be the best way to do the rear with the offset wishbone setup, and if you have knowledge with what I have planned and mentioned, please speak up.
Parts List with Links-Will keep Updated
MMW Budget Upper/Lower Arm Set
Chevy 355 / Colorado / Canyon Budget Arm Set
MMW Upper Arm Set
Chevy 355 / Colorado / Canyon Upper Arms
KR Fabs No-Pro Gas Tank Crossmember
Krypton Fabrications - Products - 04+ Chevy Colorado / GMC Canyon No-Pro Front Gastank Crossmember